Renting isn't all bad

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@nber0815:  We had a good landlord when we rented too.  I’m sure it helped that we paid our rent on time and didn’t destroy the place…  But he was very reasonable!

And it is nice sometimes to not have to deal with repairing/arranging repairs and just call the landlord and have him deal with it!

Post # 4
Hostess
22134 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I sure was thankful to be renting when our AC went out on a 100-degree day over the summer. Our emergency maintenance guys had it fixed within a few hours at no cost to us.

We’re sorta antsy to get out of our apartment and into a house, but renting definitely has its perks that are a little tough to give up, too. 🙂

Enjoy your new fridge!

Post # 5
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3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We’re leasing right now and are liable for the first $200 of any repair bill. Our landlords don’t speak english and live in Hong Kong (typical of Toronto/Vancouver). I actually don’t know how I would get in touch with them if something happened!

On the plus side, we pay less than $2000/month for a unit that would certainly cost much more than that if we purchased with a healthy 20-30% downpayment. Cheaper rentals in property managed buildings have cockroaches/bed bugs and no dishwasher, so that’s the upside up of our current place!

Post # 6
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Boston rent kills me a little with each payment, but the free gym and someone at my beck and call for matinence is wonderful!

Post # 7
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I LOVE renting right now. They come fix everything we need AND I don’t have to take care of a yard.

Post # 8
Hostess
22134 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

@BrandNewBride:  Oooh yes! We have a workout room too! And a pool. I’ll definitely miss those amenities when we end up moving.

Post # 9
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56 posts
Worker bee

We rent too and I am totally fine with it for now. We recently had a situation where there was a leaky pipe that caused the ceiling to cave in to the apartment below us. If we owned the place, that would be one big insurance claim and a lot of money.

 

I also love having a yard with someone else who mows it and sidewalks that get shoveled automatically 🙂

Post # 10
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@nber0815:  I still prefer having a house for many reasons, but I will say that when we rented it was nice to have someone just hand us new stuff or come fix what was broken right away rather than have to do it ourselves for an expensive pricetag. Plus someone else blew the snow out of the driveaway whereas we have to do it ourselves now, lol.

Post # 11
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931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love the freedom of renting!  Currently I don’t have to do any lawn or snow care, and that is awesome!  I also love that we can just up and move whenever we want with much less stress than owning and that when something is broken we don’t have to find the money for it.

 

Of course, there are some things that aren’t so good about renting, but for us right now, we wouldn’t have it any other way, even if we had the money for a down payment (which we do!)

Post # 12
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2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I’m renting right now and the management has been great. My heat wasn’t working one winter, that was fixed asap. Anything else that’s been broken has been fixed or replaced within 48 hours, usually less.

When the garage door at my complex broke and landed on my car they paid for all the repairs to my car plus a rental car (that I did have to fight ever so slightly for..) for a week while repairs were being done.

I am not a huge fan of the ever increasing rent. I know I do pay under what they’re asking new renters coming to the building to pay, so a small “savings” there but it’s getting more and more expensive. FI and I are looking for more space and will probably be done renting in a year or two when hopefully we can buy a place.

Post # 13
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We just got a new (used) stove last week and our lawn is mowed for us. At my last apartment, we got a new fridge, new kitchen sink, and a repaired dryer from our landlord. I am happy renting for now!

Post # 14
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

After replacing a furnace, carpet, walls, roof, and fridge in the last two months in the home we own, renting sounds better and better everyday.

 

Post # 15
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2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My husband and I don’t mind renting. We aren’t tied down to a home or a mortgage, which is good for us because we have the option of moving whenever we want and lately we’ve been talking about moving out of the country for a few years. Also the landlords live in our fourplex so they take really good care of the apartments. Whenever it snows a lot our driveway is usually plowed by the time I am off work and as a woman who lives alone half of the time I really appreciate that. My husband has a good rapport with the landlords as well so when he’s gone for work they tend to keep an eye out for me to make sure I’m okay.

Post # 16
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551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

apparently i poured grease down our sink (oops) and the same day we had plumbers out there to fix it!! love not having to worry about the extra money!

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